Role of a Chief Technology Officer’s (CTO’s).
Your task: You have been asked to give a presentation to the Chief Technology Officer’s (CTO’s) staff for their
monthly “brown bag” luncheons. The subject of this session is: Use and Misuse of Encryption.
Background: Cryptographic algorithms provide the underlying tools to most security protocols used to
implement encryption in enterprises and critical infrastructures. The choice of which type of algorithm to
implement depends on the goal that you are trying to accomplish, e.g., ensuring data privacy or ensuring
integrity of software or data. Cryptographic algorithms fall into two main categories: symmetric key and
asymmetric key cryptography.
In the first part of your briefing to CTO Staff, please identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of
symmetric key cryptography
asymmetric key cryptography
For each type of cryptographic algorithm, you should provide an example of where this type of cryptography
would be used within the software and services that the enterprise depends upon and the type of resource to
be protected (e.g., passwords stored in hashed format).
In the second part of your briefing, identify and discuss at least three ways in which attackers and/or criminals
use encryption and cryptography to further their goals and objectives. These could include using encrypted
chat to avoid wiretaps or surveillance or using encryption to deny legitimate users access to data or systems
(e.g., ransomware). If countermeasures are available, describe and discuss them.
Format: This week, the format for your deliverable (posting) will be “Talking Points.” Talking points are
presented in outline format and contain the content that you would put on slides in a slide deck. Your outline
should include 5 to 7 major points (“slide titles”) followed by 3 to 5 supporting points for each. Remember to put
enough information into the talking points that your peer reviewers can understand what you intend to cover in
each section of your briefing. Remember to introduce the topic at the beginning, present your analysis, and
then close your briefing with an appropriate summary. Include a list of sources (3 or more) which attendees
could refer to if they wish to fact check your work.
Preferred language style Simple US English(Easy vocabulary, si
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